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    Bump! Calling all slot car geeks! You’ve...

    Bump!

    Calling all slot car geeks!

    You’ve got four more weeks to get your entries in for the CMF3 Slot Car UMDF Charity Fundraiser!!!

    It’s weird! It’s wiry looking, and wired to go! And it...
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    CMF3 Slot Car UMDF Charity Fundraiser

    CMF3 Slot Car UMDF Charity Fundraiser

    What is this?

    I wanted to raise some money to donate to one of my favorite charities, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, or UMDF.

    Most people...
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    Hey Craig. Sorry for the slow response; been...

    Hey Craig. Sorry for the slow response; been doing non-slot car life stuff... if they'd only pay me to play with toy cars...

    I have not compiled a step-by-step build sequence for any of the...
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    1241 / “I got blisters on my fingers!”

    1241-Cc3

    “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…”

    Just what I need, another CanAm retro car… But the 1241 needed to be built to cover a small gap in the design progression from the...
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    1245-Cc3

    1245-Cc3

    After testing of the 1245-Cc2 (0.039” wire framed), and months of testing, and racing, of both the 1237-Cc2 (0.039” wire framed) and 1237-Cc3 (0.032” wire framed), I felt it was necessary...
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    * Chassis, with an Asterisk / 1245

    1245-Cc2

    Long suffering readers of my posts here, and even the ones who gave up reading and just look at the pictures, are more than aware by this point that not only do I have difficulty writing...
  7. A216-e3

    A216-e3

    Since the opportunity presented itself to build a retro F1 chassis framed using 0.032” wire, and be somewhat close to the 100-gram minimum weight rule used in these parts, I moved forward...
  8. A216-e2

    A216-e2

    I got a couple more test runs for the A214-c2 and the A215-c2, and all things being equal the A214-c2 came out the better chassis. This is not to say the A215 is a bad chassis; in fact, it...
  9. It's all 0.039" wire for the framing. Duh....

    It's all 0.039" wire for the framing. Duh. Thought I had mentioned that. I was thinking 0.047 at first, but decided to throw caution to the wind and try 0.039 for a 4.5" stocker.

    Yep, real...
  10. 1237-based retro Stock Car chassis / Three Lefts Make A Right…

    In this case, three lefts make an oval. At Fast Eddie’s Raceway, besides the 153’ Hillbclimb, fellow slot car junkie Ed has included a 130’ oval with three turns: a kink, a banked 180, and a...
  11. A214-c2 & A215-c2 test runs:

    How these two chassis compare will largely decide how the progression goes for my next F1 build(s). It’s a question of whether I build the A216 (based off the A214) or the A217 (based off the A215)....
  12. A215-c2

    The A215 incorporates the same design elements as the 1238 chassis, with the narrower frame still allowing it all to be squeezed in there. The difference on this design from the A214 is the...
  13. A214-c2

    The A214 incorporates the same design elements as the 1237 chassis, just a lot narrower.

    My thinking was if I built the framing using 0.047” wire, it would just make the 100-gram minimum, but if I...
  14. 1237-based retro F1 chassis / The continuing study of the Compulsive Scratchbuilding Disorder…

    Retro F1 chassis always seemed to be an afterthought to me, not because of the 1.625” chassis width restrictions of fitting under the body, but in fact due to their having to weigh the same as a...
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    Hey, Ian! “Not sure myself” is definitely the...

    Hey, Ian!

    “Not sure myself” is definitely the operating premise in use for my part.

    This is why I try to stay within a planned series of builds within a design sequence, so I can actually...
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    1240-Cc3 / Stand Up

    Finally, time for the last installment in the opening series of 1237-based designs and builds, the 1240-Cc3.

    The 1240 is the 1239 with the addition of “harmonic dampening rails and pans”. Building...
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    Marty Stanley - RIP

    It is with a heavy heart weighed down by sadness and a sense of loss that I must inform y’all that after his long battle with cancer, Marty Stanley (aka “fl_slotter”) died today.

    I really want to...
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    1237-Cc3, 1238-Cc3, and 1239-Cc3 Initial Test Runs

    It’s about friggin’ time. Huh?

    Made it, finally, to Fast Eddie’s Raceway last night to try these cars out on the Hillclimb. (For those keeping track, pun intended, Joey, still not fully...
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    1239-Cc3 / Nothing Is Easy

    The next installment in the 1237 design progression, for all you scratchbuilding slot gar geek types, with the continuing album-oriented thematic nod to elder aficionados of music trivia.

    It turns...
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    1238-Cc3 / For A Thousand Mothers

    As alluded to in another thread, once I got the completed 1237-Cc3 built, and could fiddle with it and the 1237-Cc2 on some test blocks, pushing, poking, prodding, I jumped right into the build of...
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    1237-Cc3 / We Used To Know

    And nothing is gained by thinking we know everything. I was positive I knew what would be the differences between the originally built 0.039” wire framed 1237-Cc2 and its yet to be built 0.032” wire...
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    1237-Cc2; Part 2

    Okay, I changed my mind back to my original plan. This was largely due to my recalling all the times I would skip steps in any design/build progression only to have to back-track afterwards. You’d...
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    1237-Cc2 / A New Day Yesterday

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…. Huh….. What…..

    Well, not much been going on here for a while, and with me too. I took a break from slot car silliness myself for over a year. During that so-called...
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    Yeah, that old age thing is… uh… uh… what were we...

    Yeah, that old age thing is… uh… uh… what were we talking about?

    I always try to drive ahead of the car in a race. Sometimes “it” just happens too quickly to react, regardless of age, but even...
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    Rear AXle to Guide Pivot Center distance along...

    Rear AXle to Guide Pivot Center distance along the chassis center-line. (Lazy-guy abbreviations I use on my design sheets. All apologies.)
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